Documents marked confidential were discovered last week at the private residence of former US Vice President Mike Pence (2017-2021) in the state of Indiana, according to his lawyer.
“The additional records appear to be a small number of documents with classified marks that were inadvertently crated and transported to the former Vice President’s personal home at the end of the last administration,” said Pence’s lawyer, Greg Jacob, in a letter sent last week to the National Archives, which is responsible for preserving this type of material.
The lawyer said that “Pence was unaware of confidential or classified documents at his residence. staff” and who “understands the great importance of protecting sensitive and classified information and is ready and willing to cooperate fully with the National Archives and any appropriate investigation”.
A spokesperson for the Department of Justice declined on Tuesday to comment on the matter.
Pence, who held the US vice-presidency under Donald Trump, had told the Associated Press agency in August that he did not take any classified information with him when he left office.
Directly asked if he had withheld any confidential information upon stepping down, Pence responded, “No, not that I know of.”
Pence is the new name to be added to the list of former rulers who will have kept confidential documents in their possession that should have been handed over to the National Archives.
also the current president, Joe Biden, is under scrutiny for having kept confidential documents from the time he was vice president (2009-2017) and senator (1973-2009) in his private residence and office.
The former head of state, Donald Trump, when he left the White House took whole boxes of documents with him, although a law dating from 1978 obliges any President to hand over to the National Archives all his working documents, which include letters and messages from e-mail.